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New Comp Time Bill Introduced in Congress

Posted by Kenady Hague | Feb 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

On April 9, Congress introduced the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 (H.R. 1406) also known as the “comp time” bill. The Working Families Flexibility Act would amend the FLSA to allow private-sector employers to provide compensatory time to employees. Employees would have the choice of taking overtime in cash payments, as they do today, or in the form of paid time off from work.  Just as with overtime payments, paid time off would accrue at a rate of 1 ½ hours for each hour of overtime worked.  Employees would be able to accrue up to 160 hours of comp time per year, although an employer could choose to “cash out” the comp time after 80 hours after providing the employee with 30 days of notice.  An employer would also be required to cash out any unused comp time at year's end at the regular time and a half rate.  H.R. 1406 is expected to go before the full House of Representatives for a vote in early May.

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